I absolutely love romantic comedies, so joining The MOMS for an early morning screening of the just released indie All Relative from director J.C. Khoury was exciting. Plus add in a Q&A with the movie’s beautiful star Connie Neilsen, icing!
All Relative lived up to what I expected. Was it funny? Yes! Did it deal with the subject matter at hand? Most of the time, yes! Was I surprised that a comedy about a guy dating a mom and her daughter would draw lots of laughs from the mostly female audience in the screening room. YES, I was.
Neilsen , the Danish beauty was flawless as she walked in from the NY November cold dressed in her red and black Lumber Jack coat over black leather trousers and sweater . Headed to take her seat to chat with the MOMS about her role of the unhappy wife and mother who has a fling with her daughter (Sara Paxton’s) boyfriend (Jonathan Sadowski), Neilsen says when taking on new roles they must have some type of real life truth to them. “In this role I saw a woman that was hurt and as an actor I am always looking for truth. If the scene isn’t true I don’t know how to act it.”
For director Khoury who also wrote the screen play casting Neilsen was a no brainer . “I was looking for a three-dimensional Mrs Robinson, ” he says. When Khoury asked who that might be, he answered his own question, “I said, it’s Connie Neilsen!”
Neilsen went back to her roots and becoming one with her funny side. “I started out in comedy and then took dramatic roles,” she says of her comedic timing. ” I did five years of comedy before I did anything else. Comedy was completely natural for me,”she adds.
To see more of Connie Neilsen you can catch her on the small screen on The Good Wife and The Following. She will grace the big screen in 2015 alongside Nic Cage in the political drama The Runner.
Rating: On a scale of a star between 1-5 . It gets 3 stars for being funny .
Subject matter : guy dates a mom and daughter/an unhappy wife has an affair
For most of us Thanksgiving morning begins at the crack of dawn getting up to season that turkey that has been sitting in the fridge after being rubbed down and washed in lime and salt.
Coming from Barbados, West Indies that Turkey will have to be seasoned well in seasoning that consists of a mixture of spices including chopped/minced onions, garlic cloves, salt, peppers, scallions, thyme and a half or whole scotch bonnet pepper( depending on how spicy you like it). Mixed together in a bowl take little handfuls and spread throughout every crevice and pocket of that turkey. The end result? One tasty seasoned bird that ‘s fit for a King.
I hope you try this seasoning recipe . It’s good for all meats, poultry and fish. If you do, let me know with a comment.
Sharing this special day with delicious food and drink with family and friends close is what’s its all about.
American actress, model and former child star Brooke Shields get “REAL” in her new memoir Brooke Shields There Was a Little Girl . Yup, I said it. Brookie baby is the real deal. She’s a mom who’s not into flooding her children’s heads with too much adult centered family chit-chat their little ears don’t need to hear just yet. And I agree with her. Why does a 6 year-old need to know all the family business anyways? As Brooke states once you don’t lie to your kids why does it concern them to know every little detail of family affairs that are beyond their years.
So do they know what she wrote about in this memoir? “My kids were only interested to know if they were in the book or not,” she states. “It is funny, my youngest was like ‘you know mom, I’ve got to read it but I don’t think I want to read it now.'” Adds the actress, “They would be bored out of their minds. They don’t want to read this!” Plus she states, “I feel that we give our kids all this information. I am like, just don’t lie.” As Brooke sees it, “Kids, they can’t handle it.” And boy does she knows whats she’s talking about. “My oldest is eleven and I will talk to her about things and what she wants to talk about but it’s not as if she can handle all the information,” says the mom of two girls.
Shields admits that she was dependent on her late mom Teri who died in 2012 as much as Teri was dependent on her. “I had such an enmeshed relationship with my mother that it was really hard for me to spend nights away at someone’s house and it is not because she didn’t want me to. It was because I didn’t want to,” the actress shared with mom bloggers on Nov 17 at a luncheon co-hosted by Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein co-creators of the MOMS brand and Mamarazzi events. Adds Shields, “I wanted to be with her and attached to her constantly.”
But letting go has allowed her to be a different parent from mom Teri, a Newark, NJ native whose hard parenting and tough love has had a direct effect on her experiences as a mom .Experiences, shaped and influenced predominantly by an alcoholic mum she adored. “I am making them[my daughters] feel as safe as they possibly can to not need me 24/7,” she says . “That hurts me much more than it hurts them because a part of me wants them to look at me exactly the way that I looked at my mother .” Adds the 49 year old mom, “I have spent all of these years trying for that not to happen, just so that they can feel safe in their own skin.”
With her eldest daughter Shields says she finds herself battling feelings of competitevness . “She has my husband wrapped around her fingers,” says Shields of her 11-year old daddy’s little girl. “I find myself jealous of my 11 year-old because she gets his attention and there is an interesting way she can get him to get her anything she wants.” Adds Shields laughingly, “I have been through enough therapy to not be threatened by this but it is really interesting when you watch how this little person does her thing. I don’t know what it is but I watched her work it and she got a [cell] phone out of it.” Says the actress, “I wanted to castrate him [ husband]. I was so over it.”
Through it all Shields says finding the courage to write the book was easy . “I have written diaries all my life so I went back to my diaries from 1974 . ” Plus she adds, “It’s very familiar for me to have my life be known for so many decades, so you get to know how to navigate it. I didn’t feel vulnerable because I felt it is my life and I have a right to tell it in my own words. “
At the end of the day says Shields she was ” able to be honest about everything and be less self absorbed and more open.
What the future holds for her now. “I want to go back and be in another television series. ” The actress was last seen in the cancelled Michael J Fox comedy series . “I think it is the place I realize I am happiest.